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NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamp

The NAD C 165BEE is an all new design representing a lifetime of design experience. New semi-conductors and improved production techniques such as surface mount devices (SMDs) have created opportunities for performance far beyond expectation for this price range. Compared to its predecessor the C 162, an improved tone control circuit and revised PCB layout has reduced distortion and noise to unprecedented levels when combined with the high signal capacity of the NAD Class A Gain Modules.

Class A gain modules combine the short signal path advantage of IC based OPAmps with the higher signal and current capacity of discrete transistors. Here SMD is used to miniaturize the circuit while the extruded aluminum heat sink keeps all parts at the optimal operating temperature for ultra low distortion. This unique NAD development endows the C 165BEE with lightning fast transient response and bass extension and definition that is uncommon at this price level. High frequencies are extended, silky smooth and grain-free.

  • 6 Line Level Inputs
  • Phono Input with selectable Moving Coil and Moving Magnet sensitivity settings
  • 3 position Resistance and Capacitance settings for Phono Input
  • 2 Line Level Outputs, one variable from 0dB to -12dB
  • Subwoofer Output
  • Independent Headphone Amplifier
  • Pure Class A Gain Modules
  • Sealed Reed Relays for Input Switching
  • Heavy Gauge Steel Chassis
  • Bass and Treble Controls with Defeat Switch
  • Gold Plated Sockets
  • 12V Trigger Output
  • IR In and Out
  • Detachable Power Cord
  • SR 8 NAD 4 Device System remote Control
  • <1 watt Standby Consumption
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Line Level Input
Input impedance (R and C): 100 kΩ+ 320 pF
Input sensitivity: 159 mV (ref. 500 mV out)
Maximum input signal: >9 V
Signal/Noise ratio, A-weighted:
    >108 dB (ref. 500 mV in 500 mV out, volume set to unity gain)
    >112 dB (ref. 2V out, Volume maximum)
Frequency response:
    ± 0.1 dB (ref. 20 Hz - 20 kHz, Tone defeat ON)
    ± 0.5 dB (ref. 20 Hz - 20 kHz, Tone defeat OFF)
Frequency response (subwoofer out): 100 Hz (ref. -3 dB)

Output impedance
    Pre out: 75 Ω
    Tape out: Source Z + 1 kHz
    Sub out: 100 Ω
    Headphones: 10 Ω
Maximum voltage output
    Pre out: >10 V into 600 Ω
    Tape out: >10 V into 10 kΩ load
    Sub out: >7 V into 1 kΩ load
         >7 V into 600 Ω
         >2 V into 32 Ω
THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100): >0.005 % dB (ref. 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 2 Vout)
Tone Controls:
    Treble: ± 5 dB at 10 kHz (ref. 2V in 500 mV out)
    Bass: ± 5 dB at 100 Hz (ref. 2V in 500 mV out)
Power Consumption:
    Normal operation: 21 W
    Standby mode: <0.8 W

Phono Input
Input impedance
    MC: 40,100,600 Ω (R), 1 nF (C)
    MM: 47 kΩ (R), 220,300,400 pF (C)
Input sensitivity
    MC: 0.15 mV (ref. 1 kHz 500 mV out)
    MM: 2.6 mV (ref. 1 kHz 500 mV out)
Input overload
    MC: 0.8 mV/7 mV/65 mV (20 Hz/1 kHz/20 kHz)
    MM: 14 mV/140 mV/1.2 (20 Hz/1 kHz/20 kHz)
    MC: in - Tape out 62.4 dB1 (ref. 1 kHz, 10 kΩ load)
    MM: in - Tape out 36.7 dB (ref. 1 kHz, 10 kΩ load)
THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100): <0.009 % (ref. 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 5 Vrms Tape out)
Signal/Noise ratio, IHF A-weighted:
    MC: >78 dB2 (ref. 0.5 mV)
    MM: >78 dB3 (ref. 0.5 mV)
RIAA response accuracy:
    ± 0.5 dB (ref. 20 Hz – 50 Hz)
    ± 0.3 dB (ref. 50 Hz – 20 kHz)
Infrasonic filter:
    10 Hz (at -3 dB)
    5 Hz (at -14 dB)

Dimensions (WHD): 17 1/8" x 3" x 11 1/4"
Weight: 17.1 lbs.
Warranty: User Interfaces - one year parts and labor to the original purchaser. Two years parts and labor to the original purchaser on all other products

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